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Gibbons: Hylobatidae

Gibbons And People

Gibbons are popular zoo animals. The Ibans, the native people of Borneo, believe gibbons are human reincarnation, or the reappearance of a loved one's soul in the animal's body. Infants are captured for the pet trade.


Gibbons typically begin their day by singing. It is thought that singing serves to advertise territory ownership or readiness to mate. It also reinforces pair bonds and family ties. Songs are loud and long, lasting up to an average of fifteen to thirty minutes. The songs, either solos or duets, follow certain complicated patterns and are specific just to a particular species. Siamangs sing hooting-bark notes made louder by their inflated throat sacs.

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